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Nordic Bakery

Soho, cinnamon buns, coffee, cakes and a whole host of other wonderful things.

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Cox, Cookies & Cakes vs. Hummingbird - A Tale of Two Cupcakes

The corner of Brewer Street and Wardour Street in Soho is a great place to be standing, as both streets have a fabulous cupcake shop. The question is which street to take? One afternoon, The Boyfriend and I decided to taste test. One Vanilla Cupcake (Cox,Cookies and Cake) and one Toffee Apple Cupcake (Hummingbird). Sitting on a step on a random street in Soho we compiled the following list of merits: 

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Gelupo -

I've given up hating February, which I've been ranting about in earlier posts here and here. Instead I've been acting like its summer. Heading to Baranis, heating my room to 100 degrees, wearing shorts, looking at beaches, booking holidays and most importantly eating ice cream.

In my opinion theres only one truly great place to eat Ice Cream in London, although I'm always looking for more suggestions if anyone has any.

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Snog - You'll Never Forget Your First Snog


I genuinely believe that the better things taste, the worse they probably are for you. Think of all great foods- Hot dogs/ Sushi/Fried chicken/ Actually, probably anything fried/ Ribs/Cakes/Cookies/Macaroni and Cheese/Cheese in general/Waffles/Fries/Burgers/Chorizo/Popcorn/Crackling/Cinnamon Whirls/ Alcohol/ Bacon/Foie Gras/ Crisps/Bread/Burritos/Pasta/ Curries/Muffins/ Icing/Kebabs/Paninis/ Risotto/Sausages and a whole host of other things. Obviously some things, few and far between, dont apply to these rules. Take Snog, for example.
I had always considered Frozen Yoghurt (or Fro-Yo as they call it in California) as ice cream for people who cant afford the calories ice cream has and really, where is the fun in that? Given 99% of what I eat is made up of the foods in the list above, I wasnt convinced Fro-Yo was for me. I mean, it really is good for you. Its low calorie, fat-free, filled with calcium and protein and active probiotic cultures, whatever those are. 

So I was shocked that I liked it. In fact, it tastes so good I'm still convinced its probably doing something bad to my body. 

The Snog venue The Boyfriend and I decided to test was their Soho branch.  We headed there on a Friday night, mainly because it was closer than Gelupo from Barrafina, where we had been dining for the evening. The place is funky. Lots of bright colours and lights that change colour. 
Snogs come in 4 different flavours:
- natural 
- blueberry 
- spiced apple 
- and green tea

To be honest, they all taste fairly similar. Bar the green tea which just tastes bad. With your snog you can have a variety of toppings from the "naughty" - brownies, oreos and the like, to the good - fruit. In the winter there is also a variety of hot toppings.

The Boyfriend and I opted for a spiced apple snog with a hot cinammon pear topping. It was gorgeous. The yoghurt was tangy but creamy at the same time and the pear and cinammon provided some sweetness. It tasted a bit like an incredible pear crumble with really cold creme fraiche. Except of course this was good for you. 

Snog is a nice way to finish a meal because it doesnt weigh you down, but instead is refreshing, like a palate cleanser. 

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Midnite Cookies - Because its never too late for cookies

Midnite cookies is easily the best thing to hit the capital in a long time. It delivers freshly baked cookies to your front door, with free delivery if you are in a qualifying post code, up till 1am. They bake your cookie(s) to order and you can even create your own cookie mix. Genius, right? Their cookies are easily the best in London, especially if you are a fan of the soft and doughy thing. Its been going for just under a year now, and ever since it opened I have been regular customer online. This however, was the first time I visited the store, and I'm happy to say it was even better than their online service.

The store is in Covent Garden on Exeter Street and decked out in an almost 50s-ish style. Note, the cute milk bottles with flowers in. The staff are great, very chatty and here they serve ice cream sundaes (unavailable online) for only 3.50. 
The Boyfriend and I opted for a brownie sundae (although it felt like there was about 3 brownies), with vanilla ice cream, butterscotch and M&Ms. It was heavenly. Giant portions, freshly baked brownie, creamy farmhouse ice cream and sweet butterscotch. 

I even ordered two cookies for breakfast the next day, because when the cookies are this good, its never too early for cookies either.

Midnite Cookies
15 Exeter Street
City of London WC2E 7DT
020 7836 5131
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